Transport Programme

Information for transport providers

Contracts for providing school and public transport across Highland expire on 31 December 2016.

We are establishing a new "framework agreement" to issue future invitations to tender for transport.

All transport providers interested in working with us must secure a place on the framework.

How it will work

On 13 October 2015 providers were invited to apply for inclusion on our list of suppliers. A series of 8 meetings were held across the Highland area to explain the procurement process.

The deadline to submit an application closed on 24 November 2015. Evaluation of applications is being undertaken and suppliers will be advised by 5 February 2016 whether they have secured a place on the “framework agreement”.

Suppliers on our list will be able to compete for route contracts as they arise over the period of the framework (February 2016 to 31 January 2020). The framework will become active from February 2016 and the first significant invitation to tender will happen during March 2016. This will be for the routes across Highland which are due to expire on 31 December 2016. Contracts for these routes will start 1 January 2017 and expire 31 December 2021 (with an option to extend for a further 12 months).

If you are a transport provider

Make sure your organisation is registered on the Public Contract Scotland portal. We have a video guide here for Public Contracts Scotland Registration.

Make sure your organisation is also registered on the Public Contract Scotland Tender portal. Organisations should only have one supplier registration for each organisation name, if you have more than one supplier registration in place – please contact the Public Contract Scotland Tender Help Desk on 0800 3684850 to get duplicate registrations removed. Video guides for Public Contracts Scotland Tender portal.

Further Information

If you have a query on the procurement process please email our Procurement Unit or phone 01463 785157.